Racing a rickshaw across India is a hell of a lot of fun. Imagine steering a three wheeler with the engine power of a lawn mower across the subcontinent for a period of a couple of weeks with some good friends – sounds like a blast, doesn’t it?
Well, surviving a rickshaw is a big part of the Rickshaw Challenge, but it’s so much better to do it in a ‘shaw that’s pimped to hell and high-water.
We all know India is a place where pretty much anything goes. Wanna ride in a crazy vehicle with garish colors while blasting bhangra beats? You’ve come to the right place.
Pimping your ride might be fun, but pimping your shaw is even better. Here are some ways you can ride the blingest rickshaw in India!
Go for a whacky paint job
If there is any country where you can get away with bright colors and crazy designs — it’s India.
Whether you want to be garish with flower power or slap on your sponsor’s logo, anything goes on the Rickshaw Challenge.
Go for bright colors, crazy designs like animal prints, polka dots, flowers, traditional Indian patterns, or heck, even characters from your favorite movie!
The imagination is the limit when it comes to rickshaw designs.
It’s all about the sound, baby
Rickshaws are meant to be loud! So make the most of it! Equip your rickshaw with a horn that will wake the dead, and get into the Indian spirit. The average rickshaw driver will honk the horn around 130 times, so when in Rome…
But when you’re driving outside of the city, you’ll want to keep yourself entertained, so make sure you give your rickshaw the full pimp with a sound system complete with a deep booty base. That way you’ll have the baddest shaw in town!
Light me up
The whole point of a pimp is to go for the most ridiculous outfit, and nothing says that more than giving your rickshaw some crazy lighting.
Whether it’s a set of LED fairy lights or bright neons, you can make your rickshaw glow in the dark or make a disco rickshaw for night driving.
One of the best things about riding a rickshaw is that it is not your usual mundane vehicle, but just because you’re in a rickshaw doesn’t mean you can’t be comfortable.
You can also get some extra cushions and headrests in your vehicle, and if the hot Indian summer is a bit much, then put in a pair of cooling fans.
Fancy a nice cold ice tea en route? Then get a mini fridge put in, so no matter where you are, you have your own private bar.
Get your full entertainment center
For those slow days on the road, and you want to kick back and relaxed, you can equip your rickshaw with a mini LCD screen and attach it to a DVD player, or even have it set up to an iPod and such.
At the Rickshaw Challenge, we don’t believe there is such a thing as too much bling. If your whacky paint job, big base system, flashing neon chassis is not enough to go with your tiger print upholstery, then you can go to town!
Get some flower wreaths and deck your rickshaw out as if it were going to an Indian wedding. You can also go glam and use beads, feather boas and whatever your imagination desires. If you decide to race a rickshaw, make sure you pimp it to perfection before doing so!